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The Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told by [Sinha, Arunava]
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Some of the world’s finest short fiction has originated (and continues to flow) from) the cities, villages, rivers, forests and plains of Bengal. This selection features twenty-one of the very best stories from the region.
Here, the reader will find one of Rabindranath Tagore’s most revered stories ‘The Kabuliwallah’ in a glinting new translation, memorable studies of ordinary people from Tarashankar and Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, the iconic Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s wrenching study of Bengali society, ‘Mahesh’, as well as over a dozen other astounding stories by some of the greatest practitioners of the form—Buddhadeva Bose, Ashapurna Debi, Premendra Mitra, Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mahasweta Devi, Sunil Gangopadhyay and Nabarun Bhattacharya, among others. These are stories of anger, loss, grief, disillusionment, magic, politics, trickery, humour and the darkness of mind and heart. They reimagine life in ways that make them unforgettable.

About the Author

Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and non-fiction into English. Over thirty of his translations have been published so far. Twice the winner of the Crossword translation award, for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen (2011), he has also won the Muse India award for translation for When the Time Is Right (2012) and been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee. Besides India, his translations have been published in the UK and US in English and in several European and Asian countries through further translation. He was born and grew up in Kolkata and lives and writes in New Delhi.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Aleph Book Company (2 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DIVGLUK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It has all the masala, mithai, songs and everything BENGALI.
SO FAR THE BEST BENGALI COLLECTION FOR A NON BENGALI TO READ.
MADE A PUNJABI FALL INTO LOVE WITH BENGAL`S CULTURE AND IT`S RICHNESS.
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A great refreshing read!
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Some books are nice to read and some books are nice to hold. Some books are nice to read and digest. This book is a mixture of all of the above. The author has taken the works of prominent Bengali authors and done a very meaningful translation of the book. In the introduction, he has mentioned how he fell in love with Bengali short stories. What is commendable is that the translation has been so beautifully done that the essence of the story is not lost. All the twenty one stories selected for the book have been translated with the same effort. There is no part of the book where I felt that the effort is half-hearted.

I must confess that I read each story twice and during the second read, I could actually feel the story. My favourite story is Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwalla, I think I read it thrice.

A must read for all the lovers of Bengali literature, short story lovers and every one else.
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Arunava Sinha is probably the greatest and most well known Bengali-English translator we have today having translated most well known names and novels. I had previously read and enjoyed two books translated by him and when this book was announced, couldn't wait to lay my hands on it!

He has handpicked 21 short stories, each by a different author. Each story is unique and showcases the variety that exists in Bengali Literature. If one looks at the life span of the authors, some like Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay were and lived in the nineteenth century. Others lived in the early 20th century. The stories no doubt are a reflection of the times they lived in. While entertaining, some also deal with the social issues of the times like the Zamindari system and provide glimpses into the social mores and culture while also featuring the abject poor and middle class.

While I enjoyed most of the stories, at least one called 'Flaperoos' was a bit weird for me. My favourites were Ras by Narendranath Mitra, Urvashi and Johnny by Mahasweta Devi, Two Magicians by Satyajit Ray and Einstein and Indubala by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay

On the translation itself, simple and elegant though only someone who can read Bengali can understand how much has been 'lost in translation'. There is a sameness which creeps in because there is a single translator for all stories and not different translators. That is inevitable i guess.

Overall a recommended read for anyone who wants can't read Bengali and yet wants a collection of great Bengali story tellers in one place.
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So I got this book for a Bengali friend who hasn't had much of Bengali reading (hence the translated version). She loved all the stories and having read the original Bengali versions of all these stories, I can vouch for the fact that the translations are an absolute pleasure to read. The language is fluid and perfectly captures the nuances and flavours of Bengali short storytelling. A must read, even for those who have already read the Bengali versions.
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good read. a book which you can gift and store for your child to read in future too. such good compilation of great authors is rare
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The title's claim of 'Greatest...Ever Told' did, of course, raise immediate suspicion. However, the author's preface clarifies the process of selection as an exercise embedded in personal memories, which, in a manner, obviates any argument about which stories were included and which not. Some of them were wonderful stories, and some not so much, but, overall, it is a good read. The translations are masterly, and, for those who cannot read Bengali, the book offers a convenient insight into the world of Bengali literature. Subsequent editions should consider correction of a few typographic errors. More importantly, this deserves to be followed by several other volumes..
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